House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes during a Monday morning interview boldly stated that there is no evidence former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos ever personally met President Trump, despite a widely disseminated photo of the two sitting around the same table for a meeting. (see video below)
“If Papadopoulos was such a major figure, you had nothing on him, you know, the guy lied,” Nunes told “Fox & Friends.” “As far as we can tell, Papadopoulos never even knew who — never even had met with the president.”
Papadopoulos, a former foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign, is clearly shown in a photo that shows then-candidate Trump and then-Senator Jeff Sessions seated at opposite heads of the table.
Nunes’s remarks follow the House Intelligence Committee last week releasing a controversial memo that claims that the Justice Department abused its surveillance powers. That memo names Papadopoulos, who pleaded guilty last year to lying to the FBI, as the individual who “triggered” the FBI’s start up a counterintelligence probe in July of 2016.
“Look, getting drunk in London and talking to diplomats, saying that you don’t like Hillary Clinton — I think it’s kind of scary that our intelligence agencies would take that and use it against an American citizen,” Nunes stated during his interview with “Fox & Friends.”
The memo, constructed by Nunes’s staff, has become a vocal part of partisan fighting within both the House Intelligence Committee and throughout Congress.
NUNES downplays PAPADOPOULOS' role in Trump campaign, claims he shouldn't have been investigated for drunkenly bragging about Russia having dirt on Clinton.
"As far as we can tell, Papadopoulos never even knew who Trump wa– never even met with the president." pic.twitter.com/NgMdzdXVPM
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) February 5, 2018